May/June 2014 Horizons Issue

The May/June 2014 issue of Horizons is now online (46 pages in a 9 MB PDF file). Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This issue’s cover story is, “Morpheus, The Ups and Downs of an Autonomous Lander,” by Jon Olansen, NASA/JSC. This issue also contains climate change science and public policy articles, a book review by Bill West of the novel The Martian, by Andy Weir, a report on the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, by Larry Jay Friesen, and articles and schedules from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS), including, “Building an Astronomer’s Chair,” by Jim Wessel, and a summary of a presentation to JSCAS members by NASA astronaut Dr. Stanley G. Love, “Challenges of Traveling to Mars.”

2014 Spirit of Apollo Scholarship Recipient

It’s with pleasure that the AIAA Houston scholarship committee announces the selection of Haripriya Sundararaju as the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Apollo scholarship. Ms. Sundararaju is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. She was selected out of a group of five students that applied this year. The student has been notified and invited to attend our awards dinner on June 26th.

Rafael E. Munoz
Scholarship Chair

Presenting… the 2014-2015 AIAA Houston Section Executive Council

AIAA Houston Section membership,

We are pleased to announce the following nominees have been selected by majority vote to the AIAA Houston Section Executive Council positions for the 2014-2015 cycle. Their tenure, with the exception of the councilor position, will be from July 1st 2014 to June 30th 2015:

Chair-Elect: Eryn Beisner

Vice Chair (VC) Technical: Clay Stangle

Vice Chair (VC) Operations: Alan Sisson

Secretary: Zach Tejral

Treasurer: Jennifer Wells

Councilor: Sarah Shull

Please join in congratulating the nominees!

Thank you,
Robert Plunkett
Councilor, AIAA Houston Section